News & Events

Matariki in the Styx

30 June 2019

303 Radcliffe Road, Belfast


Join rongoā practitioners as they celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, with a dawn karakia and tree planting as a symbol of new beginnings, at the rongoā garden, Styx.

The dawn planting will be followed by a hui where we share some kai and discuss the plans for this new park. You are welcome to come along and hear the ideas and share your thoughts.

If dawn is a bit too early for you, you can join us at 10am for a second planting event.  We will be planting native trees and shrubs and we’d love your help. This planting event is suitable for families and is also one of our Children’s University accredited events.

Please bring . . .
Dress warm with sturdy footwear – gumboots and layers recommended. If you can, bring your own spade and gloves – there will be some provided, including child-sized spades.




07 February 2019

Wondering why the Styx River looks different to usual?

ECan says "People have been reporting since July 2018 that the Styx River looks dirty and is lower than usual.

Environment Canterbury scientists went out to the river in October to investigate the state of the river further. The scientists travelled down parts of the river in boats and snorkelling. They observed that the water weed had not re-grown from the winter die-back at the usual rate, and that the flow of the river was stirring up fine sediment from the bed of the waterway. Observations of the river are continuing and we are monitoring the state of the water weed.

We have not yet been able to determine why the spring growth rate of water weeds is lower than normal. We are still investigating to determine the cause.

If you have any further observations of other causes of these phenomena, we would be interested to hear them."